Bonhams online sale Stonewall@50 will take place from June 27 to July 10 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots which heralded a new era of gay and transgender equality and inspired the exuberant creative and sexual freedom of a new generation of artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Nan Goldin and Herb Ritts, all of whom are represented in this auction.
In celebration of the legacy of Stonewall and the currency of World Pride, a portion of the buyer’s premium from this sale will be donated to The Elton John Aids Foundation.
Sir Elton John – Founder, Elton John AIDS Foundation welcomes Bonhams contribution to the ongoing fight against discrimination across the globe:
“Stonewall is a symbol of our community’s determination to stand tall in the face of enormous challenges, bravely demand dignity and justice, and relentlessly fight to make the world a better place for all. Fifty years after the Uprising, we’ve made remarkable strides toward equality both in the laws and in the eyes of our brothers and sisters. But this progress is incomplete. Homosexuality is still illegal in over 70 countries around the world, in some even punishable by death. Our fight for gay rights today is also part of the fight against HIV. Almost half of all new HIV infections globally occur in people who are marginalised because of who they are or who they love: people who lack access to lifesaving healthcare; people who don’t know about the importance of getting tested and knowing your status. I’m delighted that Bonhams’ sale will help support the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s efforts to save lives of some of the most vulnerable LGBT groups in the world. It is a very fitting part of Stonewall’s legacy.”
Stonewall@50 Photographs Online
27 Jun – 10 Jul 2019
Online, New York